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Road turns into death trap; 15 killed in a week

Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, March 29, 2011
First Published: 00:54 IST(29/3/2011) | Last Updated: 00:55 IST(29/3/2011)

The Badshahpur-Sohna road, which connects Gurgaon with the National Highway No. 2, has turned into a death trap as 15 people have been killed in different accidents in the last one week.

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Due to frequent movements of heavy vehicles during night and violations of traffic rules such as over-speeding and over-loading by trucks, this road has become one of the most dangerous stretches in Gurgaon.

Some victims of the accident  who lost their lives on Monday have been identified as Patu (70), Preeti (18), Laxmi (35), Sonu (24), Mohammad Tahir (24) and Umar Mohhmad (45).

 The injured were cab driver Akthar (40), Shivnarayan (truck driver), Kamlesh (35), Dhamnder (18), Neelam (40), Jeetu (18), Narander (24), Kashbu (18), Hukamchand (30), Ranjeet (21) and Sanjeev (25).

A large number of motorists use the Sohna road which has high-rise residential and commercial buildings including malls and office complexes along its sides.

At Rajiv Chowk, the route, which connects Gurgaon Expressway with Mathura Road (NH-2), is used by the trucks transporting construction materials to and from the city.

Although the road is being widened to eight lanes by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), experts say it will not help unless the movement of overloaded trucks on this stretch is banned.

“There are strict laws to restrict the amount of goods a heavy vehicle can carry. If authorities allow overloaded trucks to ply, it is because they are in collusion with the truckers,” said SP Singh, senior research fellow at the Indian Federation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT).

According to IFTRT, half of 1.30 lakh people who die in road fatalities are in accidents caused by overloaded trucks.

DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora said: “We started fining trucks for over-speeding and were hoping to put a break on accidents. Unfortunately, another accident took place today (Monday). We need to think seriously about the movement of heavy vehicle on this road.”

“We will inspect the spot and try to find out if there are road engineering faults that need to be fixed,” she added.

According to Gurgaon police, most of the heavy vehicles involved in accidents are not in good condition and it is the mechanical faults which often lead to accident.

“Even today’s accident could have been due to mechanical failure. We were told that the steering wheel of the truck got stuck. We are planning to book truck owners if accident is caused due to a mechanical fault,” Arora added.

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